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17th January 2020

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Whole School News

Healthy Living

The evidence of the benefits of a healthy physical and mental lifestyle on learning is overwhelming.  For this reason, we seek to ensure that physical activity in the form of sport and adventure is a cornerstone of our educational provision.  Beyond the obvious physical benefits, these pursuits enable our pupils to grow in many ways as they forge their characters in preparation for future challenges.

The school kitchen also strives to provide a plentiful, varied and nutritious menu.  You will be aware that the school has to be strict on food brought into school owing to the risk of dangerous allergic reactions to certain food types.  I wish, however, to clarify the expectations regarding snacks your children may wish to bring to school.  We are very happy for pupils to bring fresh fruit or vegetable snacks to school to be eaten at break or lunchtime.  This applies to both Prep and Senior School.  Please allow me to remind you that the school provides a plentiful supply of fresh fruit for pupils free of charge in both Prep and Senior School, so no one should be missing out on their "five a day"!

Only when they have met their physiological needs will we be able to support your children to pursue more lofty goals as they seek to reflect our values in all aspects of their lives.

Fraser Halliwell, Vice Principal

Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form Network Evening on Thursday 5 March 2020

We will be holding our Careers Network Evening Event from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  This has proved a very successful and popular event for our Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students to gain awareness and careers guidance from a wide range of professionals in different industries. The evening is designed to be a relatively informal, networking style event to allow our students to meet with adults and discuss their various careers.  To make these evening as successful and useful as possible we need as many volunteers as we can from our parents who are willing to give up their time and help provide some advice and guidance.  If you are willing to take part please email Emma Hanrott  at ehanrott@radnor-sevenoaks.org so that we can provide you with further details.

Work Experience 

All of our Year 11 and Year 12 Pupils will be enjoying the opportunity of work experience during the week of Monday 22 June - Friday 26 June.

We are trying to build up a database of employers who would be willing to host a work experience pupil for a week.  If you or your business would be able to give work experience please contact Mrs Read - Head of Careers pread@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Science Week - Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March

This year’s Science Week theme is ‘Our Diverse Planet.’  In the Prep School I would like to look at the diversity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers that are available and also careers that use science in less obvious ways for example chefs.  To help do this, I’m asking if any parents involved in these industries could send me a picture of them at work and a few sentences about how they use science in their job.  If you would be interested in coming and talking to different classes it would be great to hear from you.  My email to send pictures and for getting in touch about coming in to talk is cmcneely@radnor-sevenoaks.org.  Many thanks in advance, Chloe McNeely

3rd Annual Radnor House Golf Day - Sunday 14 June 2020

After the huge success of previous events where we have raised £4500 for our school charities, we are looking to hold our 3rd Radnor Charity Golf Day on Sunday 14 June 2020.  This year's event will take place at Farleigh Golf Club in Warlingham and our charity is MacMillan Cancer Support - a charity close to our hearts in the Prep School. 

We would like to invite as many people as possible to attend, so if you are not a golfer, you will be more than welcome to attend the dinner and raffle prize draw afterwards.  Hopefully this will encourage families and friends to all come together to support this fantastic cause. 

If you are interested in being a part of the day, please can you fill out the feasibility form attached here.  There is no obligation to take part once you have completed this form, but it is important for me to gain initial numbers. 

Any questions, please contact Mr Woodward (awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org).

Lunch Menu

Please find our lunch menu for next week here.

Nursery and Transition News

Reception Class 2020 Open Morning – Tuesday 21 January 2020

The Reception Class opening morning is being held from 9-11am on Tuesday 21 January.  It is a great opportunity for parents to meet with Mrs Spencer and Ms McCormack and gain further insight into life at the Prep School.  If you would like to attend please fill in this form.

Eco-Schools Green Flag Programme – home participation

As you may be aware, Radnor House Sevenoaks is currently involved in the Eco-Schools’ Green Flag award programme, and has already achieved the Bronze award.  We now have three topics to focus on: Waste, Litter and Energy.  With this in mind, we would like the children to link our school Eco Topics to home living.

If you have a smart meter at home, we would like the children to record the amount spent on energy on a daily basis for two weeks, at the same time each day (maybe just before they go to bed).  During the first week do not make any adjustments to the way you live.  The following week we would like children to come up with ideas of how they could reduce the amount spent, (and hence energy used), by making some simple adjustments, such as turning the heating down, turning the heating on later or off earlier, switching electrical items off at the mains and turning lights off as they leave a room.  We would hope to see a reduced amount spent, reflected in the smart meter recordings for week two.

The results will then be used to help children understand how the smallest of adjustments can make a substantial difference to the energy consumed at home, through statistical analysis of the data collected at home and returned to their teachers at school.  The data collected will be used anonymously, of course.

Thank you in advance to those able to support us in our Eco-schools programme.

Ms Bennett, Eco-Schools Programme Co-ordinator

Reception News

Prep PSHE Parent Working Party

A big thank you to the parents who have signed up to for this.  We currently have parents from year 4 and 5.  I would love to have more of you involved so please do get in touch.  We will be meeting very soon!

From September 2020, the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools.  At Radnor, in the Prep school we have already implemented parts of the new curriculum to empower our children with many new life skills such as naming our body parts, online safety, the pants rule, basic first aid skills and so much more!  The children have been really enjoying the lessons as well as being able to talk passionately about these topics.

As we move towards September 2020, I would like to give Reception to Year 6 parents the opportunity to come in and contribute to the discussion around the new policy.  If this is something you would be interested in, please email kdale@radnor-sevenoaks.org.  It would be fantastic to have representatives from each year group.  Once I have an idea of who would like to be involved, I will contact you and we will meet this term to discuss further.  The deadline for signing up to this working party is today, but if you are interested please do get in touch.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Katie Dale, Head of Prep PSHE

Eco-Schools Green Flag Programme – home participation

As you may be aware, Radnor House Sevenoaks is currently involved in the Eco-Schools’ Green Flag award programme, and has already achieved the Bronze award.  We now have three topics to focus on: Waste, Litter and Energy.  With this in mind, we would like the children to link our school Eco Topics to home living.

If you have a smart meter at home, we would like the children to record the amount spent on energy on a daily basis for two weeks, at the same time each day (maybe just before they go to bed).  During the first week do not make any adjustments to the way you live.  The following week we would like children to come up with ideas of how they could reduce the amount spent, (and hence energy used), by making some simple adjustments, such as turning the heating down, turning the heating on later or off earlier, switching electrical items off at the mains and turning lights off as they leave a room.  We would hope to see a reduced amount spent, reflected in the smart meter recordings for week two.

The results will then be used to help children understand how the smallest of adjustments can make a substantial difference to the energy consumed at home, through statistical analysis of the data collected at home and returned to their teachers at school.  The data collected will be used anonymously, of course.

Thank you in advance to those able to support us in our Eco-schools programme.

Ms Bennett, Eco-Schools Programme Co-ordinator

Phonics Morning – Thursday 23 January

Our first Phonics Morning was held on Wednesday 27 November in a Reception class lesson.  Our second session will be taking place on Thursday 23 January from 8.30-9.30am, watching a Year 1 lesson.  Year 1 and Reception parents and carers are invited to attend in order to get the full picture of phonics.  After the session we will head up to the cafe to talk about strategies to support and answer any questions you have.  This will also give you an idea of the progression in school.  

Great books to read in 2020

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Parents' Association - FoRH7

Friends Committee Meeting  

Tuesday 21 January - 7pm - Senior School Library

All are welcome.

Friends Coffee Morning 

Thursday 23 January - after drop off in the school library

We would love to see our Class Reps and anyone interested to hear about upcoming events.

We will be unveiling the social highlight of the Radnor year!

Quiz and Curry Night 

Saturday 21 March - 7pm for 7.30 start

This popular event returns, but this time we will have David Paton as our quizmaster.

Join us for a really fun night with delicious food.  Enter as an individual, year group or team.

More details to follow on this page and here.

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